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. >>> reporter: president obama announced his picks for the next heads of the pentagon and the cia. now they need congressional approval before they can get to work. >> we need to get moving quickly on this. >> reporter: senator chuck hagel is the nominee for secretary of defense. a former enlisted man and vietnam vet, the president says hagel can relate personally to america's troops. >> to this day, chuck bears the scars and the shrapnel from battles he fought in our name. >> reporter: but winning confirmation won't be easy. some of hagel's former senate colleagues call him hostile toward israel and soft on iran. >> i'm waiting for an explanation. i want him to make the case as to why he should be the secretary of defense. >> reporter: confirmation hearings here on capitol hill are expected to be easier for another nominee, john brennan, the president's pick to head the cia. still, looking at his 25 years at the spy agency, some object to the brennan pick. >> if you tuned in here, obama, listen to what i'm about to say. >> reporter: a small group
where the flu virus is lurking. >>> pentagon pick. the president invites a republican war hero onto his team. why this man matters and why he's facing a political fight. >>> real money. we'll show you a big new way to turn unwanted christmas presents into a lot of cash for your family. >>> and, game of the year. tickets up to $200,000, super fans doing things you will not believe. josh elliott shows us why 30 million people cannot wait for tonight. >>> and a good evening to all of you. and we have ne
a working dinner with secretary of state hillary clinton and he visited the pentagon where he was greeted by defense secretary panetta and other top military officials. sources say karzai arrived with a wish lit of military equipment including drones and helicopters and other hardware to ensure afghanistan security when nato forces leave at the end of next year. >> frigid out there when you are outside and you need the heater on in the car. >> what a way to wake up. >> what are we facing? >> colder temperatures this morning and colder tomorrow morning. outside i will show what you is going on, a little frost out there driving into work. my thermometer was down to 28 in san ramon valley. from the east bay hills, it is clear. live doppler 7 hd shows a lack of radar but there are a few high clouds right this. that is also helping to keep the temperatures up a little bit in the north bay and across san francisco. as you head toward the ocean you can see that is where a few of the radar returns are but they are few and far between and they will stay up to the north today. as far as the tempera
forces will be in the lead, no longer u.s. forces. as our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski reminds me, they will still very much be in harm's way in afghanistan and the contentious question of how many troops wil be left behind by the united states after 2014 is still very much the subject of negotiations, more on all of this tonight, on nbc nightly news with brian williams and on "meet the press" on sunday, my guest, colin powell talking about the war and other foreign policy issues on the president's second term. until then, have a good afternoon, i'm david gregory in washington. >>> it has been dubbed the most technologically advanced airliner in the skies, but this morning, new concerns as federal officials announce an investigation into boeing 787 dreamliner, hear how boeing is responding. >>> that didn't stop the celebration as san jose welcomed its first dreamliner flight this morning. what the new flight means for silicon valley, you're watching nbc bay area news. >>> good morning, and thanks for being with us, i'm lara. >>. and john kelly is off today. it has been
of state, hillary clinton yesterday. he also visited the pentagon where he was greeted by defense secretary panetta. sources say karzai arrived with a wish lit of military equipment including drones and helicopters and other hardware to ensure afghan security when nato forces leave at the end of next year. >> 5:45. check in flights higher at the super bowl gets closer. >> and the job a at american express which is cutting 5,400 jobs scheduled to take place this year mostly in travel services as consumers increasingly book online. and the pentagon is authorizing senior managers to freeze fan hiring and cut travel and dismiss temporary workers because of spending cuts that could kick in if congress and the president do not agree on a deficit reduction plan by march. >> looks like it will cost you more to host the super bowl party. chicken wing prices hitting all-time high on rising prices of corn feed because of last year's midwest drought. if you are going for a job interview, you will be asked more than where you went to college and why you want do work for a company. employers are turning
equipment wish list. he spent yesterday meeting pentagon leaders and asked for helicopters and drones to ensure security in afghanistan when nato leaves at the end of next year. >> fair to say we made some very good progress on all of the key issue that we discussed. >> reporter: now the white house said that the president and the afghanistan president won't finalize any plans today but it's important they move in the same direction when it comes to troop numbers and timelines withdrawing from their country. leadership changing hands at the pentagon will also play a role in all of this and i will have more on that when i see you next. live in washington. ktvu channel 2news. >> new this morning from pakistan some shiites are refusing to bury their dead after terrorist attacks. it's a protest to demand that the government do something to protect them from attacks. >> colorado a court arraignment is scheduled for the suspect in the colorado movie theater shooting rampage. the judge ruled there is enough evidence for james holmes to stand trial on 160 felony charges. 12 people were ki
a time of transition at the pentagon. he would oversee the withdrawal of troops from afghanistan and implement some of the deepest cuts in defense spending in years. >> i think chuck will bring some interesting and creative thoughts to a defense establishment which tends to be rather structured. >> reporter: president obama also nominated his counterterrorism adviser, john brennan, to serve as cia director. john brennan was considered for cia director back in 2008 but he withdrew his name when questions came up about whether he had supported controversial interrogation techniques under the bush administration. in washington, i'm danielle leigh, nbc news. >>> more news from capitol hill, despite objections by the u.s. state department, google's executive chairman eric shah submit in north korea this morning. schmidt is part of a four-day humanitarian trip to the region organized by former new mexico governor, bill richardson. the group left beijing this morning. richardson says they plan to ask about korean-american kenneth bay detained by north korea in december. >> i have spoken
after the pentagon. >> the time has come for me to return to my wife, silvia, our three sons, their families, our six grandchildren, and my walnut farm. dealing with a different set of nuts. >> panetta has served as secretary of defense since 2011. his legny will include overseeing the troop drawdown in afghanistan, the trimming of the defense budget and the death of osama bin laden. >>> a gag gift greeted secretary of state hillary clinton when she got back to work at the state department today. you see this picture here? mrs. clinton got a football helmet with the state department logo on the side. secretary clinton has not made any public appearances since early december when she fell, hit her head and sustained a concussion. hence the helmet. she was released from the hospital last week after treatment for a blood clot. >>> just hours from now a special meeting will be held to talk about the proposed closure of several east bay fire stations. contra costa supervisors voted last month to shut down stations in clayton, lafayette, martinez and walnut creek. they say it's nec
will be visiting leon panetta at the pentagon to talk about american troops in afghanistan. recently there is new talk about pulling american troops -- all american troops out of afghanistan after next year but they need american troops to keep guard to prevent what happened in libya. the president will meet with ahmed wali karzai tomorrow. >>> as kyla campbell reports from our washington d.c. newsroom, several are already going against the white house's call for executive action. >> reporter: any executive order the president makes on gun laws would just be to push his own agenda and this is not what is best for the country. the group has said there should not be new gun legislation and instead the government should do a better job of enforcing current laws. vice-president joseph biden is leading the panel to get feedback from both sides. vice-president joseph biden's comments about using an executive order are stirring up controversy. >> that i think changes the game and throws into question the legitimacy of the federal government. >> hollywood is sending representatives to the white house and
the so-called zero option which would bring home every u.s. soldier. this despite the pentagon's view that some troops need to stay to keep a lid on al qaeda. >>> 4:37 now. for the continental united states, 2012 was the hottest year on record. that's according to government scientists. average temperature was 55.3 degrees. that broke the old record set in 1998 by one degree. but if you wake up this morning, you would never know. 37 degrees out in the east bay. >> i know. it's chilly, lawrence. >> now we have a chance of some snow maybe down to 1500 feet by tomorrow morning. so yeah, we have some big chance coming our way. even a chance of rain developing outside today. here's the latest on our satellite image. you can see the cold front on final approach as it's headed toward the bay area. you can see showers beginning to move into far northern california but it will take a while for it to get here not until the afternoon before we see rain picking up. if you are heading outside today we have dense fog in some of the valleys so watch out for that
. >>> reporter: president obama announced his pick for the next heads of the pentagon and the cia. now they need congressional approval before they can get to work. >> we need to move quickly. >> reporter: senator chuck hagel is the nominee for secretary of defense. a former n listed man and vietnam vet, the president says hagel can relate personally to america's troops. >> to this day chuck bears the scars and the shrapnel from battles he fought in our name. >> reporter: but winning confirmation won't be easy. some of hagel's former senate colleagues call him hostile toward israel and soft on iran. >> i'm waiting for an explanation. i want him to make the case as to why he should be the secretary of defense. >> reporter: confirmation hearings here on capitol hill are expected to be easier for another nominee john brennan the president's cia pick. still looking at his 25 years at the spy agency some object to the brennan pick. >> if you tuned in here, obama, listen to what i'm about to say. >> reporter: a small group protested the choice monday sayi
and pentagon, joining former senator huck haigel and counter terrorism advisor john brenan today, haigel being a strong willed defense secretary and brenan, an experienced person to lead the top intelligence agency. >> chuck haigel is an american patriot. enlisting in the army volunteering for vietnam. john brenan the cia will have the leadership of the one of the most skilled and respected intelligence professional autos the president charge thanked outgoing defense secretary talking about his retirement plan autos i'm has come for me to return to my wife, three sons, their families, six grandchildren and my walnut farm. dealing with the difference set of nuts. >> good line. >> secretary of state hillary clinton plans to retire this month, returning to work today after taking time off for complications from a concussion. her staff welcomed her back with a football helmet and a jersey featuring number of countries she's visited as secretary of state. 112. >> despite the misgivings of the u.s. government and state department, executive chairman of google is in north korea now. the state news ag
leader of the pentagon. >> first, senator chuck hagel could face some opposition from both sides of the aisle. it's monday, january 7th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. happy monday. >> i'm sunny hostin in for paula faris. and chuck hagel, we hear, is likely to face tough confirmation questions on everything from israel to iran. we'll hear why in just a moment. >> nothing comes easy on capitol hill. another battle, add it to the list. >>> also this half hour, the gun battle being waged across the country. after the newtown massacre, some gun shows are flooded by people
and the pentagon is pushing if 9,000 in 2015 and others want 3,000 or fewer. >> coming up, a neighborhood squabble over wild turkeys. >> an invitation by facebook create as frenzy in tech circles. >> diet drinks promise to keep the pounds off, right, but research says there is another unintended >> a 5:53. holiday shoppers responded so well to a new pricing strategy they will keep it up. a new trend is to check out an item in a store and thing go back to the computer and buy it cheaper online. to beat it over the holidays target matched online prices and now it will continue that practice year round. target says if you see a price on a website for amazon or best buy or toys 'r us or walmart you can get the same rice in the target store. >> starting at the bolt only -- bottom for the worst films are out and "breaking dawn two" led with 11 nominations including worst picture and worse lead act ors. on the opposite side of the spectrum, the oscar nominations will be announced tomorrow. you can watch the nominations like tomorrow morning right here on abc7 morning news at 5:30 so set your alarm and jo
in pakistan, a u.s. drone strike reportedly killed a top afghanistan commander. a pentagon spokesperson said he had a lot of blood in his hand. >>> in india, a sixth suspect is only 17 and may be charged in juvenile court. the crime has galvanized india to call for new laws to protect women. >>> and in vatican city it's cash only now for tourists. credit cards are no longer accepted. at least central bank has blocked electronic payments because it has not complied with money laundering rules. >>> subaru is sending letters to the owners of 600,000 vehicles alerting them to possible problems with door lights that could spark a fire. the recall affects 2010 and 2011 outbacks and legacies. tribeca suvs from 2006 through 2012. and forester from 2009 to 2011. the problem includes flood light that shines flood light on the ground helping passengers that get out. there's no way to tell exactly which vehicles are involved so every owner is being sent one of those recall notices. >>> a new study of drowsy driving is not going to be reassuring to anyone who heads out on the road. one in 24 adult driver
of the other big things the pentagon wants to know if afghan leaders will keep the taliban out of their country after u.s. troops lead. what karzai had to say about that when i see you next. live in washington kyla campbell. >>> time 5:15. weeks after metal thieves stole a war memorial from a park in petaluma donations are pouring in to -- stolen from walmart park sometime around september 21st. authorities think thieves used an electric saw to remove a plaque from its base. they have raised more than $9,000 to replace that plaque. >>> north bay an overflow crowd at the third and final community forum on gun violence. bay area congressman mike thompson hosted the meeting. thompson is chairman of the gun violence prevention task force. last night people packed the hallway just waiting to speak. >> gun owners have responsibilities to keep those guns out of the hands of mentally ill, drug years,. >> i see no purpose whatsoever to own an assault weapon. at the same time i am not in favor of gun control. >> congressman thompson has held meetings in vallejo and napa. he'll take back what he has heard
strike reportedly killed a top afghanistan commander. a pentagon spokesperson said he had a lot of blood in his hand. >>> in india, a sixth suspect is only 17 and may be charged in juvenile court. the crime has galvanized india to call for new laws to protect women. >>> and in vatican city it's cash only now for tourists. credit cards are no longer accepted. at least central bank has blocked electronic payments because it has not complied with money laundering rules. >>> subaru is sending letters to the owners of 600,000 vehicles alerting them to possible problems with door lights that could spark a fire. the recall affects 2010 and 2011 outbacks and legacies. tribeca suvs from 2006 through 2012. and forester from 2009 to 2011. the problem includes flood light that shines flood light on the ground helping passengers that get out. there's no way to tell exactly which vehicles are involved so every owner is being sent one of those recall notices. >>> a new study of drowsy driving is not going to be reassuring to anyone who heads out on the road. one in 24 adult drivers acknowledge they fel
says senators should ask about future plans for the pentagon. >> there's a tendency to look backwards. it's much more important for them to be looking forward. >> outside the white house, the antiwar group protested the cia nomination questioning his ties to enhanced interrogation techniques used during the bush administration. the president needs the senate's approval for both picks. the president says he hopes the senate acts promptly on his nominations. at the white house, danielle, cbs 5. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is back at work after a hospital stay and a few weeks at home. today clinton returned to the state department and to this gag gift from coworkers. in the box, a football helmet with the state department seal and padding her head. she was treated for a concussion after a fall. >>> we'll arguments for and against prop 8 to be held on march 26th. the ballot measure eliminated marriage rights for same sex partners in california. the court will decide if it will litigate the case and if the law violates the 14th am
. >>> and the former senator from nebraska who may take over the highest post in the pentagon. >>> but first silicon valley innovation and climate change, a new report on how the movers and shakers are trying to save the world. ,,,, ♪ [ male announcer ] the distances aren't getting shorter. ♪ the trucks are going farther. the 2013 ram 1500 with best-in-class fuel economy. engineered to move heaven and earth. guts. glory. ram. the new ram 1500. motor trend's 2013 truck of the year. >>> we got light showers around the bay area but those will dry up as the day presses on, it will clear from the north to the south and the week ahead is looking dry. swimming in the bay. more tn two dozen hardy souls braved 49 im from >>> some like it cold when it comes to swimming in the bay. more than two dozen souls braced 49-degree waters to swim from alcatraz to aquatic park yesterday. some wore wetsuits. but one of the youngest, 16- year-old hunter wright wore nothing more than his speedo. swimmers say they have to focus on endurance. wow. >> i bet. okay. >>> if i was going to hop in the bay today, what would i
withdrawal. that's according to a new plan submitted to the pentagon. the low end option would leave 6500 troops in the country for counter terrorism operations and the largest option would leave 15,000 troops to help train afghan security forces. the plan is awaiting official approval. >>> a new series of ads featuring the word jihad is getting a lot of attention. the ads are sponsored by the counsel on american islamic relations, the organization says the word is misunderstood by most americans. people we talked with had very negative impressions of what it means. >> a group of islamic people that are the bad guys. >> and what i've seen in publicity it means it's killing people. >> now, the sponsors of the at say jihad actually means a struggle to be better. the webster dictionary says it's a crew said for a principal or belief as well as a holy war to send or spread religious beliefs. >>> criminal charges were filed over the death of a 4-month-old baby at a san rafael child care center. staff members found the baby unconscious back in october. investigators later determined the child s
judge has denied that request. the pentagon has authorized only a closed-circuit broadcast to several military bases in the northeast u-s. >> jacqueline: iwe can see the increase in cloud coverage for this weekend and the even the possibility of rainfall but very slight. >> catherine: we are going to get back to weather and first officials in east palo alto are asking for help to avoid a flooded creek is a corroded levy. new at six. support donors have come forward. tonight officials in east palo alto are asking for the states help to fix a corroded levy along the san francisquito creek that's the same creek that flooded a near by neighborhood back on december 23rd. and as kron 4's scott rates reports the mayor of that town is not taking any chances. >> we are conten trying to appeal to the national level and state level to try to get funding for this problem. >> reporter: right now the creek is fine in the levels are good but if there is a another big storm these could give way. the engineers say that these need to be repaired but they do not have the money. that is why it is declare
the pentagon's view that some troops need to stay to keep al qaeda at bay. >>> for the continental united states, 2012 was the hottest on record. according to government scientists, the average temperature was 55.3 degrees. that broke the record set back in 1998 by one degree. >> of course it doesn't apply to today because it was chilly. >> it was chilly this morning. no frost on my window yet but -- >> but we'll see temperatures struggling to get out of the 40s tomorrow maybe snow down to 1500 feet. so big changes around the bay area for today. a lot of clouds beginning to move in. we have some patchy, dense fog early on this morning in the valleys but you can see the cold front now sliding into the state bringing some showers into far northern california. that is going to usher in some much colder temperatures outside even a chance of rain by the afternoon. as we look outside right now, we have mostly cloudy skies a little bit hazy. the temperatures a little cool in spots. 39 degrees in concord with some fog. 37 in livermore. 48 degrees in san fra
panetta at the pentagon. he reportedly had a western list of military equipment including drones and helicopters. >> be able to provide security to his people and to protect [ indiscernible ] >> the obama administration warns not to expect anything firm on troop numbers that come out of today's meeting. >>> 6:19. the colorado movie theater shooting suspect facing arraignment today. a judge ruled there is enough evidence now for james holmes to go on trial on all of the 166 counts against him. but his lawyers say there is -- they are not ready to enter a plea for their client yet. he is accused of killing 12 and injuring 70 in the shooting last summer. >>> the flu is spreading fast and now the makers of flu vaccine and tamiflu for kids is running short in 45 states. so far california is not one of them. lots of people think they have the flu when really they just have a bad cold. there's a lot of overlap in the symptoms. dr. kim says it's all timing. >> the best way to tell the two apart is with the flu, symptoms hit you like a mack truck. sud
vet democrat max cleland about the selection of republican chuck hagel to lead the pentagon. plus the mysterious death of a lottery winner a day after he collected a six-figure payout. that and more when we see you at 7:00. >> thank you. happy new year to you, too. >>> well, the consumer electronics show kicks off today and it's expected to be the biggest show jet. more than 3200 people are showing off the latest gadgets from 150 countries and cnet editor-at-large brian cooley is in las vegas with the top tech trends of 2013. last time we talked to you, brian, you showed us a smart fork. did you try it out? >> reporter: that's right. those smart forks the happy fork. the idea for folks who haven't heard the news about this is that it will buzz, vibrate, or flash a light to remind you to slow down your eating which is not just a matter of telling your kids not to be, you know, kind of horsy at the table but to help your health. if you eat more slowly, you fill up sooner in terms of how you feel on less calories so it's a weight loss technology
the pentagon's position. it's always maintained that some u.s. troops need to stay beyond 2014 to keep an eye on al qaeda. and some lawmakers say they worry about the reputation of the u.s. around the -- around the world if things fall apart in afghanistan after the troops day. >> i'm worried today if we draw from afghanistan or not a leader around the world, our enemies will move on the march and the allies will be wondering if they can trust americans to be standing by them. >>> what was supposed to be a thrilling ride ended in tragedy in russia. one man died and another one was injured after a transparent ball called a zorb cleared off a -- veered off a cliff. the fatal accident has some government officials demanding russia strengthen the safety rules for winter sports. the sport originated in new zealand in the '90s and has since gained popularity around the world. >>> a loophole in an old california law dealing with rape. >> we're now prosecuting rape based on 140-year-old laws that's not making sense. >>> and suing your rescuer. why insurance giant ago wants to sue the -- aig wants to
plan submitted to the pentagon. now, the low-end option would leave about 6500 troops from afghanistan for counterterrorism operations. while the bigger option would leave 15,000 troops to help train afghan security forces. the plans are now waiting for official approval from the defense secretary. >>> it is 7:48. a new series of ads featuring the word "jihad" is getting a lot of attention. the ads are sponsored by the council on american islamic organizations. the organization says the word is misunderstood by most americans. people we talked with certainly had negative impressions of the word. >> a group of islamic people who are the bad guys. >> it means a -- it's killing people. >> the sponsors of the ad say gee maude actually means a struggle -- jihad actually means a struggle to be better. another definition says it's a holy war to defend or spread religious beliefs. >>> former arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords will reportedly visit newtown, connecticut today. she's expected to meet with the families -- victims of last night's deadly shooting at sandy hook elementary. the
the pentagon budget is bloated. some democrats and gop members don't think he will support israel, one of our nation's allies that's come under attack from terrorist groups and leaders on both sides of the aisle criticize his toughness when it comes to cracking down on iran. >> i consider him to be an honorable man with a distinguished record of service, but also at the same time profoundly wrong on some of the biggest national security threats confronting the united states today, namely a nuclear iran. >> reporter: chuck hagel says an accurate assessment of his record will show he's been tough on iran and supportive of israel. he will undergo several one-on- one meetings with senators and face tough questions in a confrontation meeting. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you, kyla. >>> 8:15. the next nomination president obama is expected to make is white house receive of staff lack lieu to replace geithner. in if he's confirmed lieu's first priority would be to work with congress to raise the debt ceiling and the president would need to find a new chief of staff. >>> a federal cou
, this is the third time the president has had to fill an opening at the pentagon. for the second time, his choice is a republican. this time it's former senator chuck hagel, which is already touching off a big political fight. before chuck hagel can take over at the pentagon, he must be confirmed by the senate and he's already facing an uphill battle. even though democrats control the senate, nbc news has learn ed as many as 10 democratic senators could vote against hagel. public publicly, leading democrats have not expressed much support. >> i would have to study his record. >> as a republican, he may find support from his old republican colleagues to come by. >> there will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel, but he will be treated fairly. >> reporter: he became known as a thorn in the side of republicans turning against the iraq war in 2007. >> most divisive since vietnam. >> i have served with chuck hagel. i know him. he is a patriot. >> reporter: after once referring to certain proisraeli groups as a, quote, jewish-lami. >> this is an in your face nomination from the president to th
. the pentagon does not support the option, though, to pull out all american troops from afghanistan, saying some soldiers need to stay and tamp down al qaeda. new images this morning of american robert levinson kidnapped in iran in 2007 during a business trip. the photos were sent to the former fbi agent's family back in 2011. they released them on tuesday. in them, he is dressed like a prisoner at guantanamo bay. iranian officials have denied knowing anything about levinson's disappearance, a claim that u.s. officials doubt. >>> a nightmare for boeing amid safety woes for the company's much anticipated dreamliner. nbc's ron mott has more from logan international airport in boston. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. double trouble for japan airlines and boeing over the past 48 hours here at logan as both companies investigate exactly what went wrong. two days in a row at boston's logan airport, a japan airline's jet has landed in the news. on tuesday, a new 787 full of passengers and already headed toward the runway had to turn back to the gate after pilots learned jet fuel, about 4
some of these images are disturbing. nbc's jim miklaszewski is at the pentagon. good morningp. >> good morning, erica. this shocked video looks like something right out of quentin tarantino. it's aimed at scaring any sailor who is thinking about using the drug known as bath salts. since hitting the internet two weeks ago, it's gone viral. >> thanks, man. >> reporter: the navy video opens as if you are the young sailor about to embark on a terrifying, mind-bending trip. snorting the synthetic drug bath salts. your physical reaction is almost immediate. 3 c3 viaje despuÉs de haber consumido your growing paranoia explodes into violence. back home even your roommate has turned demon. >> what's wrong with you? sent to a hospital gurney, the sailor continues to fight that continues until only heavily sedated. psychiatry resident says violence is only one troublesome reaction to bath salts. >> when people are using bath salts, they're not their normal selves. they're angry, erratic, violent and unpredictable. >> reporter: navy officials say the troubling video was produced after an alarming
states, but he wants forces to remain. he was at the pentagon yesterday meeting with leon panetta and met with with secretary clinton last night. u.s. officials are talking about a zero option after next year with no forces remaining behind in afghanistan. that is an area of concern for president karzai, because he would like a more robust force to help with the training of afghan forces there. kristen welker is at the white house at the east room awaiting the two leaders. kristen, what have we learned about ha they have been discussing? >> well, david, good afternoon. the white house officials just released a statement saying that president obama and president karzai agree that the afghan security forces have exceeded x expectations now leading about 80% of the operations in afghanistan, and that is is significant, because this white house may be lean iing toward a more scaled back troop presence after 2014. for the first time, officials here saying that the president may be open to zero troop presence which critics say that could leave afghanistan vulnerable to destabilization. here is
running the pentagon. it's been a rough preselection vetting process up to date. he is clearly frustrated and it now speaking out. >> mr. president, i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. >> reporter: chuck hagel's nomination set up a tough new political fight for the white house, a fight president obama signaled he is ready to have over the plain-spoken vietnam veteran. >> his willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular, even if it defied the conventional wisdom, that's exactly the spirit i want on my national security team. >> reporter: under fire for his past statements about israel and iran, hagel is speaking out, telling his hometown newspaper the distortions about my record have been astounding, once describing pro-israeli groups about a jewish lobby, unilateral sanctions on iran, he now says there's not one shred of evidence that i'm anti-israeli, not one vote that hurt israel. and he says unilateral sanctions don't work and they just isolate the united states. republican critics, though, aren't convinced. >> he is an honorable man. he has had a re
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